There are two data tools to support the elective surgery commissioning guides, the result of a collaborative project between the Royal College of Surgeons, Surgical Specialty Associations, NHS England and Right Care.
To support the commissioning guides the Quality Dashboards show information derived from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data. These dashboards show indicators for activity commissioned by CCGs across the relevant surgical pathways and provide an indication of the quality of care provided to patients.
Using the Procedures Explorer Tool, users are able to access further detailed information on the delivery of care across these pathways to see how individual commissioners and providers are performing against simple measures. This enables CCGs and providers to investigate and start a conversation to consider the local interpretation of information on variation.
The definitions for procedures and metrics are created with the guide development groups by Methods Insight Analytics who create and maintain the data tools.